1. asapscience:

    lacigreen:

    An Open Letter to Sam Pepper

    Hi Sam!

    Thanks for taking the time to read this letter.  As fellow YouTubers, we have much respect for others who put so much hard work into building their channel.  It’s not easy, and you should be proud!  That said, we’ve noticed that in your success, there has been a lack of respect in return…namely, for women and girls.

    You may have noticed that your latest video “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank” has garnered considerable negative attention.  In this video, you sexually violate a number of unsuspecting women on the street, many of whom are visibly confused and upset at being touched by you without permission.  One woman even says “I don’t like that!” while you proceed to laugh and touch her more.  In “How to Make Out with Strangers”, made a year ago, you pressure women on camera to make out with you - again, many of whom are visibly uncool with it.  Confused and caught off guard, they painfully follow through with your requests, clearly uncomfortable.  In “How to Pick Up Girls with a Lasso”, you physically restrain women on the street with lassos - many of whom look alarmed to be restrained by a stranger.

    You’d probably be alarmed too, wouldn’t you?  Imagine someone on the street comes up and rubs their hand on your bottom, or a girl walks up to you with a camera and forces her mouth onto yours while you’re trying to figure out what’s going on.  Imagine walking down the alley alone, when a guy much larger than you physically restrains you with rope and pulls you toward him.  You probably wouldn’t like it, right?

    People don’t like to be violated and they don’t like to see their friends and girlfriends be violated either (hence the group of men that tried to beat you up in the lasso video).  And yet, history suggests that perhaps you find this humorous.  It is very disturbing that we live in a world where the violation of women and girls’ bodies is not only funny, but profitable, and can garner considerable notoriety and views on YouTube.

    We are deeply disturbed by this trend and would like to ask you, from one creator to another, to please stop.  Please stop violating women and making them uncomfortable on the street for views.  Please stop physically restraining them and pressuring them to be sexual when they are uncomfortable.  Please show some respect for women’s right to their own bodies.  While it may seem like harmless fun, a simple prank, or a “social experiment”, these videos encourage millions of young men and women to see this violation as a normal way to interact with women.  1 in 6 young women (real life ones, just like the ones in your video) are sexually assaulted, and sadly, videos like these will only further increase those numbers.

    We realize that people make mistakes, and that sometimes it’s hard to see the ripple effect of one’s actions.  We really hope that you will take a step back and consider the power you have to be someone who makes the world a better place.  It’s not too late to make a change!  We invite you to join us in ending widespread bodily violation that takes place in so many forms all around in the world.

    Thanks so much.

    Laci GreenMeghan TonjesTyler OakleyTomSkaViHartALBRoss EverettMatt LiebermanMeg TurneyTom FlynnTyrannosaurus LexArielle ScarcellaDan at NerdCubedRachel WhitehurstHannah Witton, Jefferson Bethke, MusicalBethan,Kaleb Nation,Chris Thompson,Michael Buckley,Jared Oban,Liam Dryden,Sanne Vliegenthart,Bryarly Bishop,Nicola Foti,Chescaleigh,Grace Helbig,Wheezy Waiter,Morgan Paige,Nathan Z.,MumboJumbo,Miles Jai,Adorian Deck,Alli Speed,Matthew Santoro,Jaclyn Glenn,Hank Green,Rosianna Rojas,Grayson,Taryn Southern,Carrie Hope Fletcher,Adam Hattan,Drew Monson,Josh Sundquist,Mamrie Hart,Strawburry17,Catie Wayne,Hannah Hart,Catrific,Connor Manning,Emily Graslie,Sarah Weichel,Jack Howard,Louise Sprinkleofglitter,Mr. Repzion,John Green,Rob Dyke,Dean Dobbs,Charlie McDonnell,Wil Wheaton,Mitch & Greg at AsapSCIENCE

    [MORE COSIGNERS TO COME.  SHARE/REBLOG TO SIGN!]

    We’re so proud to put our names on this letter written by Laci Green (a YouTuber who is truly changing the world). We do not condone this type of behaviour, and we hope this trend ends NOW. 

    Please share and reblog to show your support! 

     
  2. Favourite Moments from Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (4/?)

    - From Episode 2: Some of the Things That Molecules Do

    (Source: child-of-thecosmos, via entrop-e)

     
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  4. humansofnewyork:

    He was swimming with his friends. When I asked for his photo, he screamed: “He only asked me!” Then he ran a victory lap, climbed on the boulder, twisted the tips of his mustache, and struck this pose.

    (Kotla, India)

     
  5. jtotheizzoe:

    Flying into LA this morning, I waded from the mountains’ beach into the cloud sea

     
  6. mashable:

    So many items arranged so beautifully.

    (via thesupersy)

     
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  8. asapscience:

    ucresearch:

    Robots that will fold your laundry

    This is “Brett” also known as The Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks.  This guy can do simple household chores. Specifically, the robot can fold laundry and is part of an ongoing project by UC Berkeley’s Pieter Abbeel.

    Folding towels might seem easy to us humans, but this is actually quite complicated for a robot to do.  In fact it requires a method where the robot learns the tasks by seeing how humans do it.  Abbeel explains:

    For robots to be integrated in unstructured or changing environments, such as a typical human household, they must develop the ability to learn from human experts and to even teach themselves.  

    The hope is to have these robots perform everyday chores for the elderly or disabled so that they can live more independently.

    You can watch more videos of this robot here

    YES PLEASE

    (Source: newscenter.berkeley.edu)

     
  9. bogleech:

    goth-cowboy:

    moonblossom:

    kinpunshou:

    so this morning i was playing with the slow-mo mode on my phone, hoping to get a majestic vid of a bumblebee taking off

    but instead i found this dumbfuck

    Oh my god its little flailing legs. I’m dying.

    infomercial bee says that there has GOT to be a better way

    A better way to bee

    (via klajad)

     

  10. javeliner:

    think about the concept of a library. that’s one thing that humanity didn’t fuck up. we did a good thing when we made libraries

    (via klajad)